Web Desk (24 News): The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has dismissed Tej Bahadur, the BSF Soldier who exposed the maltreatment of lower ranks by senior Indian officers, reports 24 News HD.
The BSF soldier belonging to 29th BSF Battalion had posted a video on social media highlighting the abuse faced by jawans of Indian Army posted on its border regions. He had highlighted the sub-standard facilities that were available to soldiers, including bad quality food and living quarters.
Initially the Indian PM Modi had taken notice of the video and instructed the BSF to submit a report. The BSF initially rubbished the claims of Tej, and posted him to Jammu. It also rejected his request of retirement from the force.
Tej Bahadur was unceremoniously dismissed from service by a Staff Court Martial on Thursday, citing charges as false accusations against the BSF and gross indiscipline. Charges also alleged that he violated force conduct by carrying two phones and taking pictures while in uniform.
Tej had also alleged that Indian Army officers were selling the food which was meant for their soldiers. He had also exposed a corruption rink set up by Indian officers posted in far-off regions like Kashmir and Assam.
A major outcry against the abuse of the lower ranks in the Indian Army surfaced soon after Tej Bahadur’s video, with many soldiers alleging humiliation and torture at the hands of Indian Army officers.
One Indian soldier even crossed over to Pakistan and surrendered to Pakistani soldiers, looking for asylum and protection from the brutality on the other side. He was later respectfully returned to the Indian side.
The response from the Indian Army to Tej Bahadur’s video was to not only dismiss him from service but also seize his retirement benefits.
The Indian Army in general and the BSF in particular has had a tainted history of maltreating lower ranks, especially soldiers belonging to minority groups.
Officers are known to treat soldiers like servants, often humiliating them into silence.
The Indian Army has seen many divisions emerge as a result of the toxic communal narrative being propagated by the BJP and its affiliates, with many people like Tej Bahadur taking matters into their own hands and exposing its corruption.
Tej Bahadur was quoted to have said that he would take the case to the Supreme Court.